US takes turn atop UN Security Council

Haley's proposal comes as President Donald Trump and other members of his administration - notably Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - have put less of a focus on human rights in dealings with world leaders when compared to past administrations, including President Barack Obama's.

The council approved April's agenda on Monday without including that debate. The 15-member council has strengthened sanctions following each of North Korea's five nuclear tests.

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Petr Iliichev told reporters that "a general statement that worldwide peace and security are threatened by human rights violations is not true".

Although Haley's emphasis on human rights abuses contrasts with the public actions of Trump and others in the administration, she emphasized that the administration was nevertheless supportive.

If Haley can not reach agreement with Russian Federation and China on a tighter focus and pushes ahead with the meeting, then Russia's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Petr Iliichev said Moscow would call for a rare procedural vote to block the move.

"I'm not going to go back into, 'should Assad be in or out?' " Haley said during a question-and-answer session at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Haley described the US-China summit as "very, very important" to address the crisis over North Korea and that China had a key role to play to force Pyongyang to change course.

The aim, she said, is to look at human rights issues that lead to conflict and extremism to try to prevent another Syria or Tunisia.

Her fierce public denunciation of what she calls the ritualized "bashing of Israel" at the United Nations has made her a darling of many US supporters of Israel, especially on the political right.

A few days before, she told her new colleagues that the United States under Trump would be "taking names" of nations that try to use the United Nations to thwart USA goals and interests.

"I think they're a little lukewarm", former George W. Bush adviser Dan Senor quipped as he introduced Haley to thunderous applause at AIPAC.

When asked about the proposed meeting, China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi said: "We are trying to work that out".

"China has great influence over North Korea".

"At any given day we're waiting on another ballistic missile test", she said, calling the meeting "timely".

Speaking in television interviews broadcast Sunday, Nikki Haley contended there is no contradiction between her tough stance and Trump's desire for good relations with Russian Federation. "They need to act". "And what we've said is that they are not being helpful in the way that they and Iran are covering up for Assad".

  • Leroy Wright